Former Ham&High courier celebrates 100th birthday

Reg Michaels with his message from the Queen. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Reg Michaels with his message from the Queen. Picture: Nigel Sutton. - Credit: Nigel Sutton

A former Ham&High worker has celebrated his 100th birthday with a special message from the Queen.

Reg Michaels reached the impressive milestone last Thursday and received a telegram of congratulations from Her Majesty.

Mr Michaels, of Tayler Court, Dorman Way, Swiss Cottage, was a popular figure in the Ham&High’s office in the 1990s when he worked as the newspaper’s courier, collecting and delivering adverts and photographs.

The great-grandfather recalled lying about his real age and pretending he was younger when originally applying for a job at the Ham&High.

“I was there for two or three years and then my 80th birthday came up,” he said. “I had to confess to them that I’d given the wrong age when I applied for the job, I said I was younger than I was.

“But the staff were very kind. They treated my wife and I to an evening at the Palladium and a couple of bottles of very nice wine for my 80th birthday.”

Asked how he felt about reaching a century, Mr Michael, whose wife of more than 60 years died in 2002, said: “It’s a good run. I’ve only got round to realising it.

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“It’s strange because 98 and 99 have no real significance but when the 100 comes up you really feel it and think back. It’s a long time.”